LBBW And Bitpanda Collaborate On Crypto Services

The biggest banks in Germany adopt cryptocurrency; LBBW and Bitpanda collaborate on custody services; and DZ Bank introduces a blockchain platform.

TakeAway Points:

  • The biggest federal bank in Germany, LBBW, has partnered with Bitpanda to provide institutional and corporate clients with cryptocurrency custody services starting in 2024.
  • The action is a reflection of corporate clients’ increased desire for digital assets and the rising involvement of German banks in the cryptocurrency market.
  • LBBW’s entry into cryptocurrency custody coincides with the impending implementation of EU legislation on digital assets, indicating a wider transformation in the banking sector.

German Banks Accept Crypto Asset Management

The biggest state-backed bank in Germany, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW), and Bitpanda, a well-known cryptocurrency exchange, have formed a strategic alliance to provide cryptocurrency custody services. The second half of 2024 will see the beginning of this partnership, which is aimed at institutional and corporate clientele.

LBBW’s managing director of corporate banking, Jürgen Harengel, emphasised the rising demand for digital assets from corporate clients, indicating a dramatic change in the way the traditional banking industry views cryptocurrencies. 

“The demand from our corporate customers for digital assets is increasing.” Harengel said.

LBBW’s entry into the cryptocurrency custody market, with assets of over €333 billion ($355 billion), is a significant step towards the integration of digital assets into traditional financial services in Germany.

Blockchain Technology at DZ Bank

In parallel, DZ Bank, the third-biggest bank in Germany in terms of assets, is getting ready to introduce a digital financial asset platform based on blockchain technology. This platform’s initial focus will be on the safekeeping of cryptocurrency securities, such as Siemens’s well-known cryptocurrency bond.

As part of its proactive strategy, DZ Bank has applied to the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) for a crypto custody licence, demonstrating its dedication to assisting institutional and individual clients with their cryptocurrency investments.

DZ Bank’s Head of Securities Services and Digital Custody, Dr. Holger Meffert, emphasised the bank’s forward-thinking approach to blockchain and cryptocurrency integration by expressing his view that distributed ledger technology (DLT) will serve as a fundamental component of capital market operations in the future.

Market Reaction and the Regulatory Environment

These changes occur at a time when German asset managers and banks are becoming more involved with cryptocurrency assets due to the expectation of new EU laws. The creation of blockchain-based platforms and the application for required licences, among other proactive measures by LBBW and DZ Bank, are indicative of a larger trend of financial institutions adjusting to the changing landscape of digital assets.

This tendency is not unique to Germany; rather, it reflects a global movement towards the acceptance and assimilation of cryptocurrencies into the established financial system.


A universal bank, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, or LBBW, serves as the Landesbank for several German Federal States, including Sachsen, Rheinland-Pfalz, and Baden-Württemberg. It is currently the largest state-backed Landesbank lender in Germany as of 2018.

The central bank for savings banks in Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and Rhineland-Palatinate is LBBW, a full-service commercial bank. The company’s main areas of concentration are life science, innovative services, software, telecommunication, industrial technologies, and information technology. Although it is open to investing in other parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, its preferred location is in southern Germany.

Since the implementation of European Banking Supervision in late 2014, LBBW has been classified as a significant institution and is therefore under the direct supervision of the European Central Bank.

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